QUINCY -- The John Wood Community College Board approved a tentative fiscal 2019 budget Wednesday night.
If approved at the July 18 board meeting, the $14.99 million budget would represent a $771,315 increase from fiscal 2018. The increase would be the first in six years.
"Over the previous six years, the college had lowered its budget by $1.4 million through a concerted effort to operate more efficiently and effectively," JWCC President Mike Elbe said. "While we remain fiscally conservative, this year we are investing more dollars in larger strategic recruitment initiatives. Enrollment is more than half of our revenue."
Tuition and fees will account for 54 percent of the budget, corporate and personal property taxes 35 percent, state funding 7.5 percent, and the rest via a variety of other sources.
Enrollment initiatives include the expansion of athletic programs to include women's volleyball, and men's and women's soccer. A Missouri Plus Scholarship is also being introduced to attract students from that state to enter career and technical programs connected to local workforce needs.
JWCC will also be expanding its academic offerings to include a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning program, which was approved by trustees Wednesday night.
A certified medical assistant program will also be introduced.
The HVAC and CMA programs were created in conjunction with business and advisory councils in response to industry and health care needs in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.
"We believe in our new initiatives and programs will result in more students in the years to come," Elbe said.
The HVAC program will begin enrolling students in fall 2019. Several HVAC businesses will help support the program and serve on an advisory council.
The CMA program begins this fall. CMAs are traditionally employed in outpatient, convenient care and rural clinic settings. They interact with nurses, physicians and administration, and perform a mix of administrative and patient care tasks.
Increased revenues are based on a projected 42,150 credit hours, with base tuition remaining flat at $142 per credit hour; a $191,625 increase in state funding; and a $3 increase in the Institutional Student Support Fee. The fee supports all student life, student travel, club and organization costs; the Student Government Association; and intramurals and athletic activities.
The proposed budget will remain on display for 30 days for public viewing.